The New York Yankees opened the 2020 season with a rain-shortened win. Here’s what stood out most from the 4-1 New York victory.
After a nearly four-month delay, the New York Yankees opened the 2020 season with a 4-1 rain-shortened victory over Max Scherzer and the defending champion Washington Nationals in Washington D.C.
While there was just a five-inning sample size to observe, there were plenty of positive takeaways from the Yankees season-opening win that should have opposing teams across the league nervous.
Here are five observations from game one of the 2020 season.
1. Giancarlo Stanton Finally Looked Like Himself
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Yankees opening day victory was Giancarlo Stanton finally looking healthy.
Stanton was held to just 18 regular-season games and left the team early in the postseason due to injury in 2019, but he finally looked himself Thursday night.
The slugger went 2-for-3 with a 459-foot two-run home run in the first inning and a bases-loaded single in the top of the fifth to finish the game with three RBI’s. If this small sample is the Stanton, the Yankees will have in their lineup in 2020 the team is already much improved from a year ago.